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Places to visit in the Purbeck countryside

Find details of places to visit in Purbeck's countryside, including nature reserves, open spaces, woodlands, forests, marine reserves, heathlands and country parks.

To find more about the different habitat types in Purbeck, download the Purbeck Countryside Guide (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window).

The locations of the countryside sites listed below are shown on the Purbeck Countryside Sites map (pdf, 469kb) (opens in a new window).

Place to visitLocation and details
Affpuddle ForestManaged by the Forestry Commission (opens in a new window)
Arne RSPB Nature Reserve (opens in a new window)East of Wareham
Brownsea Island (opens in a new window)North of Studland
Corfe CommonCorfe Castle village

Dancing Ledge and White Ware,
near Langton Matravers

Managed by the National Trust (opens in a new window)
Durlston Country ParkSouth of Swanage
East Stoke Fen (opens in a new window)East Stoke
Great Ovens Heath (opens in a new window)Sandford, north of Wareham
Hartland Moor (opens in a new window)North of Corfe Castle
Higher Hyde Heath (opens in a new window)North of Wool
Kilwood (Kilnwood) (opens in a new window)West of Corfe Castle
Lulworth Cove and Coast (opens in a new window)West Lulworth
The Jurassic Coast (opens in a new window)Whole of Purbeck's coast
Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve (opens in a new window)Kimmeridge Bay
Stoborough Heath (opens in a new window)Stoborough
Stonehill Down (opens in a new window)West of Church Knowle
Studland Heath (opens in a new window)Studland
Swanage Seafront & PierThe Pier is managed by the Swanage Pier Trust (opens in a new window)
Tadnoll and Winfrith Heath (opens in a new window)North of Winfrith Newburgh
Townsend Nature Reserve (opens in a new window)Swanage
Turners Puddle HeathTurners Puddle
Tyneham village and the Lulworth RangesBetween West Lulworth and Kimmeridge
Upton Heath (opens in a new window)North of Upton
Upton Wood East of Upton
Wareham Forest (opens in a new window) and Morden Bog (opens in a new window)North of Wareham
Wareham WallsWareham

Parts of Purbeck's countryside have been mapped as open access land to enable you to enjoy activities such as walking, bird watching and picnicking.

To find out where to walk your dog in Purbeck's countryside visit the Dorset Dogs website (opens in a new window).

To fully enjoy your visit and help protect the Purbeck countryside for everyone, please follow the Countryside Code (opens in a new window):

  • Be safe - plan ahead, follow any signs and keep to public footpaths

  • Leave gates and property as you find them

  • Protect plants and animals, and take your litter home

  • Keep dogs on a short lead in bird nesting season (1 March to 31 July) and near livestock

  • Consider other people

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